By John Vogl
There are teams with a lot of money to spend this summer, and then there's the Buffalo Sabres. They have tons, oodles, boatloads, carloads and planeloads of cash to spend.
The Sabres, with about $31 million in payroll committed to next season, are $20 million away from the salary cap floor. They are a whopping $38 million away from the upper limit.
UPDATE: They have since added Brian Gionta for three years at $4.25 million per year and Josh Gorges at $3.9 million, a total cap hit of $8.15 million.
Here's a look at their contract depth chart, keeping in mind that restricted free agents Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and Chad Ruhwedel still need to be signed. Listed are the cap hit and number of years remaining, including the 2014-15 season.
Cody Hodgson, $4.25 million (five)
Nicolas Deslauriers, $637,500 (two)
Torrey Mitchell, $1.9 million (one)
Zemgus Girgensons, $894,167 (two)
Brian Flynn, $637,500 (one)
Matt Ellis, $550,000 (one)
Brian Gionta, $4.25 million (three)
Chris Stewart, $4.15 million (one)
Drew Stafford, $4 million (one)
Patrick Kaleta, $1.25 million (one)
Tyler Myers, $5.5 million (five)
Josh Gorges, $3.9 million (four)
Mike Weber, $1.67 million (two)
Rasmus Ristolainen, $925,000 (two)
Jake McCabe, $925,000 (one)
Mark Pysyk, $870,000 (one)
Michal Neuvirth, $2.5 million (one)
Jhonas Enroth, $1.25 million (one)
It's amazing that only six (UPDATE: eight) players have a deal that goes past this coming season. It means they'll have lots of money to spend again next summer.